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Anxiety in Health Behaviors and Physical Illness

Zvolensky, Michael J., Smits, Jasper A. J. (Eds.)

2008, XII, 380 p.

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  • Integrates the biological and psychosocial approaches to understanding anxiety, health behaviors, physical illness, and their interactions
  • Comprehensive reviews of theory and research on the anxiety disorder-health factor co-morbidity
  • Empirically-based, innovative, and clinically meaningful models of the nature of these common co-morbid conditions

Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness

Edited by Michael J. Zvolensky, University of Vermont
Jasper A. J. Smits, Southern Methodist University

While the links between physical illness and depression have been well-documented and analyzed, little has been made of the data relating physical illness to anxiety—until now. Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness explores complex relationships between medical and anxiety pathology on the theoretical, research, and practical fronts. Over forty experts examine reciprocal roles of anxiety and medical illness as causal or exacerbating factors in each other’s onset and development, describe forms of anxiety typical to major disease entities, discuss common health behaviors as they impact anxiety, recast anxiety disorders as chronic illness, and identify patients for whom new forms of treatment may be warranted.

Among the topics covered:

  • Anxiety in the context of specific illness: heart disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS.
  • Self-medication across the anxiety disorders: alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs.
  • Possible links between anxiety and insomnia.
  • The relationship between puberty and adolescent anxiety.
  • Anxiety, anxiety disorders, and the menstrual cycle.
  • Anxiety disorders and chronic pain.
  • Current and emerging treatments for anxiety disorders, from CBT to exercise-based interventions.

Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness is a comprehensive resource to be read not only by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and, other health professionals, but also by researchers and graduate students on the cutting edge of the field.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Intervention - alcohol - anxiety - attention - cardiovascular - comorbidity - drugs - insomnia - panic - tobacco

Related subjects » Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine - Psychology

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